10 Ways to Impress a Magazine Editor (Part 1)

Every day, magazine and ezine editors receive scores of articles from writers, like you, hoping to make a sale. Why do they buy some and reject others? I asked a handful of editors and writers and found 10 ways writers can impress editors. Today, let’s look at the first five.

1. Know the magazine, its audience, its focus. When I represented Salem Communication’s Crosswalk.com at conferences, I was stunned by writers who sat at my table to pitch their work and said, “So, what do you publish?” Instant rejection. Writers who know the magazine stand out. Know the tone, style, and audience. Don’t think you’ll be that one writer in the universe who can change the direction of the magazine. No matter how well you write, each magazine will stay within its focus.

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